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City of Providence's Salt Stockpile Is Depleted
Hazardous Driving Conditions Expected
Residents and Motorists Urged to Exercise Extreme Caution with Arrival of Snow on Sunday
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras, Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré and Providence Emergency Management Agency Director Peter Gaynor urge Providence residents and all motorists traveling in the city to exercise extreme caution with the arrival of snow forecast to begin Sunday.
The severe winter has caused a national salt shortage and the City of Providence's salt stockpile has been depleted. The City's next shipment of salt is currently expected to arrive from South America to the Port of Providence on March 7.
Roads are anticipated to be extremely hazardous beginning on Sunday evening, and Monday commutes are expected to be affected by a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.
Pavement temperatures are likely to play a significant role with this storm; the forecast shows temperatures dropping below freezing overnight and climbing above freezing during the day. This would create slippery road conditions.
At this time, plan travel arrangements accordingly and be prepared to refrain from unnecessary driving throughout the duration of the winter storm event. Anticipate reduced speeds and low visibility. Please use caution and have patience while traveling.
Please stay tuned for further announcements regarding a citywide parking ban and other actions related to the weekend's forecast for snow.